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Because of a recent Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), more than twenty-five years of science and atmospheric research will continue at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP).
Although the Air Force will not be funding maintenance of the HAARP facility or other research efforts, this agreement allows ionospheric research to continue. UAF will maintain the facility and will be offered access to government-funded resources to continue existing ionospheric research.
“The objective of the joint Air Force and Navy HAARP was to conduct basic, exploratory, and advanced development research programs leading to the use of emerging ionosphere/radio science technology for next-generation systems by characterizing the physical processes produced in the ionosphere and space via interactions with highpower radio waves,” said Dr. Craig Selcher, senior research physicist and former Air Force HAARP program manager. “With the completion of these efforts for the Department of Defense on the horizon, handing the torch to the UAF Geophysical Institute allows for the continuation of the ground-breaking research that only the HAARP facility can perform.”
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